Regenerating Coastal Communities
6 July 2017
4.3 million to improve access and
Projects for attracting tourists, creating new jobs and boosting
economic growth in coastal communities will receive £4.3 million
Initiatives which will improve coastal paths, transform harbours
and create new visitor attractions are among the 18 recipients of
the latest round of the Coastal Communities Fund.
Projects awarded funding include:
- £300,000 for Dumfries and Galloway Council towards 64 miles of
coastal paths at Rhins of Galloway
- £237,500 for British Waterways Board towards a visitor
information centre and hub at Fort Augustus
- £258,190 for Dundee Heritage Trust to transform Discovery Point
- £300,000 for Harris Development Ltd to develop two pontoons for
small boats, cruise ship tenders, yachts and cruisers
- Nearly £200,000 for Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust for a
network of 25 whale watching and heritage sites across the west
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:
"With more than 10,000 miles of stunning coastline in Scotland we
need to do all we can to protect the marine environment that lives
there and to help people living and working in these areas make the
most of the economic opportunities on offer.
"This latest £4.3 million investment delivers on our commitment to
supporting fishing and coastal communities and includes a range of
exciting projects that will improve paths and facilities and create
new opportunities to attract tourists."
James McLuckie, vice chairman of the Colintraive and Glendaruel
Development Trust in Argyll and Bute said:
"We are very grateful to the Coastal Communities Fund for their
support. As well as retaining direct employment this funding will
help us to achieve our goal for the Cowal Way to become recognised
as a World Class Multi User Tourism Path."
Gordon Macdonald, project chair of Harris Development Limited
"The recent award of £300,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund
has completed the £1.35 million funding package required to create
the Harris Marina Hub, a project which is expected to bring
significant economic benefits to the area through the development
of marine tourism.
"The 'hub' will complete a chain of pontoon facilities including
Stornoway, Lochmaddy, Lochboisdale and Castlebay, which will help
to consolidate and enhance the reputation of the Outer Hebrides as
a premium sailing and cruising destination."
Since its creation in 2012 the Coastal Communities Fund has
invested around £17.7 million in 69 projects across Scotland, which
is forecast to create more than 1,300 jobs.tinue to work hard to
support the economy through difficult times ahead.
Source - The Scottish Government website